Feb
15

European Parliament Adopts a Resolution on the Restitution of Plundered Artwork

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Due to growing public consciousness regarding the subject of artwork and cultural property plundered in times of war and colonialisation, the European Parliament has recently adopted a resolution asking for a harmonized system of laws aimed at regulating the restitution of such objects to their lawful owners. On the 17 th January, 2019 the European Parliament voted resoundingly in favour of a resolution calling on the Union institutions and Member States to establish a legal framework encouraging the identification and recovery of artistic and cultural works. In p...
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Feb
12

Significant Number of Personal Data Breaches Reported to the Maltese Supervisory Authority Post GDPR

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Mamo TCV Advocates has recently contributed to an EU-wide survey carried out by DLA Piper focusing on the number of personal data breaches notified to regulators as well as the first fines issued under the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regime for the period from 25 May 2018 to International Data Protection Day on 28 January 2019. The survey, published on 6 February 2019, reveals that across Europe, following the coming into effect of the GDPR, more than fifty-nine thousand (59,000) personal data breaches were reported to local supervisory author...
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Feb
08

MasterCard Fined €570 Million for Breaching Competition Rules

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This article was written by​ Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri.​ On 22 January 2019, the European Commission ("the Commission) fined MasterCard for limiting the possibility for retailers to benefit from lower interchange fees in other Member States.This follows the call for feedback on commitments offered by Visa and MasterCard regarding the competition concerns raised by inter-regional interchange fees for payment card transactions ( read more here ). The fine comes as a response to MasterCard's breach of competition rules, which MasterCard admitted to. Pri...
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Feb
08

Beware of ‘Positive Discriminatory’ Measures

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In a judgment delivered recently by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Austrian legislation was in the limelight. A particular law provided that Good Friday was a paid public holiday for members of certain religious congregations only. If a member of such a congregation did work on that day, he was entitled to additional pay. Such an entitlement was not based on any condition that the employee in question had to perform a particular religious duty during that day. Therefore, the employee was free to choose how to spend his time during that day. The Court ...
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Feb
05

Regulations to Aid Undertakings Providing Professional Training to Employees

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On the 25 th January 2019, the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses published the "Skills Development Regulations, 2019",  [1] which aim to financially assist those undertakings that offer schemes of professional training to their employees. The regulations apply to the period between the 1 st September 2018 and the 31 st December 2020. They also repeal the "Assistance for Knowledge Transfer Regulations", but such repeal should not affect any aid previously awarded by virtue of their past application.  [2] Under the new regulations, ...
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